Friday, December 23, 2011

NTOS Christmas Bird Count

The Nashville CBC was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 17 and totaled 76 species, about average for the count. There was also one Count Week species, 5 Canvasbacks, at Radnor Lake. No unusual species were reported, but there was one Red-breasted Nuthatch which has not been common here this year. Three Bald Eagles were found, 2 adults and 1 immature. There was one late Indigo Bunting at Radnor Lake, an occasional winter species in the Nashville area. Thank you to all who helped with the count, and to Susan Hollyday who provided us with a delicious compilation supper.

Click "Bird Count Results" on the right to view the complete results.

Total Species - 77
Total Birds - 9324

Monday, December 12, 2011

Old Hickory Dam Area
J. Percy Priest Dam Area
Davidson Co., TN
Saturday, 2011 Dec. 10
Clear and very chilly

On Saturday morning, December 10, ten intrepid Tennessee birders, representing several counties in middle Tennessee, converged at Old Hickory Dam in northern Davidson County for the Nashville TOS field trip.  They spent a very chilly morning searching for various winter species.  A walk through the woods next to the dam produced an EASTERN PHOEBE, good numbers of GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETs, and several BROWN CREEPERs, and FOX SPARROWs, the latter being a life bird for some in the group.  Perhaps the best bird of the morning was a FORSTER'S TERN that circled low over Snow Bunting Peninsula.

Also seen in the area were a nearby COMMON LOON, BONAPARTE'S GULLs, and plenty of HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBEs.  Duck numbers were rather low with only RUDDY and MALLARDs seen.  Since the morning was still young, as a bonus, we drove to the J. Percy Priest Dam.

While no new species were found on the lake, a drive to the area below the dam produced a lone RUSTY BLACKBIRD that posed in a bare tree for the group.  At the end of the morning the group had found 44 species. 

List of birds found:

Mallard 15
Ruddy Duck  18
Common Loon 11
Pied-billed Grebe  12
Horned Grebe  22
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  9
Black Vulture  36
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk  6
American Coot  81
Killdeer  5
Bonaparte's Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 170
Forster's Tern 1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
Brown Creeper  3
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  14
American Robin  32
Northern Mockingbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  209
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Field Sparrow  4
Fox Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  11
Swamp Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Rusty Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch  2

Frank Fekel
NTOS Field Trip Leader